Golden flower

In this lesson you will learn how to work with filters and tools to create an interesting “Golden Flower” effect.

For a start, let’s see what happens at the final stage.

Step 1.

Create a new document of any size, for example, 400 x 400 pixels. And fill it with black # 000000

Step 2.

Set the foreground color # FD67FF. Select the “Custom Shape” tool. (“Freeform”). Further we will use the figure specified below:

Draw a shape layer as shown below:

Step 3.

Click Ctrl + J, To duplicate the layer, make the “shape fill” active and change the color to # EF00F2.

Click Ctrl + T (Free Transformation), place the cursor on the top right node and hold Shift, drag the cursor down, distorting the shape, as shown below:

Step 4.

Move the duplicate layer in the layers palette below the original shape layer. Create multiple duplicates of the transformed shape. Repeat steps 3 and 4.

The order of the figures on the layers palette should go in decreasing size (i.e., from larger to smaller – from top to bottom) and the color of each new shape should be slightly darker than the previous one.

Step 5.

Create a group, name Shape 1, drag all layers into it, create a duplicate group Ctrl + J, rename to Shape 2 and flip horizontally Editing – Transformation – Flip Horizontal (Edit – Transform – Flip to Horizontal)

Step 6.

Hold down the SHIFT key and highlight the groups. Once done, click CTRL + J, to duplicate these groups.

Click CTRL + T (Free Transform), select the shape of the strain “Inflate” (“Inflated”)

Settings see below:

Step 7.

Merge groups and layers contained in them. Duplicate CTRL + J. Press CTRL + T and transform (rotate) the duplicated layer to 45 degrees

Click CTRL + SHIFT + T 4 or 5 times to repeat the action. See the result below:

Step 8.

Merge layers into a group, duplicate a group. Merge layers in a group. Click CTRL + I, to invert colors. Enter the menu Filter – Blur – Radial Blur (Filter – Blur – Radial Blur), for installation, see below:

Change the blending mode for the layer to Linear light (Linear light):


Step 9.

Hold down the SHIFT key and select all layers on the layers palette. Click CTRL + U, To bring up the Hue / Saturation window, tick the settings below (be sure to check the box Colorize (toning).


Step 10.

Merge layers, duplicate layer. Go to Filter – Strokes – Stroke (Filter – Brush Strokes – Ink Outlines), tune the settings:

Change the blending mode for the layer to Soft light (Soft light)


Step 11.

Merge layers, duplicate the resulting layer 2 times. Make the middle layer active, click CTRL + T, move the cursor to the top right node and, while holding down SHIFT, zoom out the layer. Do the same with the top layer (its scale should be the smallest). You should have something like this:

Step 12.

Merge layers, duplicate the resulting layer. Press SHIFT + CTRL + U to discolor the layer.

Change the blending mode for the layer to Vivid light (Bright light)

Final result:

Author: Edward merrin

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